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Malachi’s Message

Jul 29 2019

Malachi’s Message

The book of Malachi was written almost 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah (the 1st

and 2nd of the post-exile prophets). He writes during the seven-year absence of Nehemiah

who went back to Persia prior to his return to deal with the issues that God spoke of

through Malachi. This book closes out the Old Testament in 55 verses, 47 of which are

spoken directly by God to the people (the highest percentage of any book in the Bible).

The work of rebuilding the temple that God used Haggai and Zechariah to motivate the

people to do has long ago been completed and its completion caused the people to slip

from compliancy to compromise and corruption. It is to this that God speaks trough

Malachi as his name means messenger. This book bridges the gap of 400-years silence

until the coming of John the Baptist and 50 years later until Matthew would write his

account. In the first 5 verses of chapter 1 God tries to soften the hardening hearts of the

nation because they have grown complacent and question how God loves them. Saints,

this is always where we will falter and fall into compromise and corruption, when we

begin to question God’s love for us. In 1:2-3 God answers their questioning heart of “In

what way have You loved us?” By saying, “I have loved you” “Was not Esau Jacob's

brother? Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains

and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness.” These were twin brothers and Paul in

Romans 9:11 tells us that this choice of God choosing Jacob was before they “born, nor

having done any good or evil”. So God says, “Hey you doubt I love you well look at your

heritage, I choose to love you when you were a scoundrel and I’ve continued to love you

look at your brother’s Esau’s land its uninhabited and here you all are back in the land”.

Some folks have a problem with this passage as it says that God hated Esau but the word

here means to love less. Having read the Bible and the life of Jacob I too have a problem

with this verse but its in how God could ever love Jacob! Hey saint’s, have you ever

heard someone say, “To know me is to love me”? I think that it is the opposite if any of

you really knew what a dirt bag I really am you wouldn’t love me you’d run from me. Ah

but consider this truth that no one knows you better then God as we are told in Isaiah

66:18 “I know their works and their thoughts.” Yet the One who knows us best is the

very One who loves me the most. Amazing Love! God’s point to these people is to, not

look at the moment to determine God’s love, look to the truth of His word and you will

see His love. I’m afraid that far too often God’s children are so spoiled that they think

that God owes them something more then He has already given them namely; His only

begotten Son! “God, we cry out, don’t you care for me, how come you haven’t given me

what I asked for, how come Sally gets blessed and I don’t?” And God says, “Hey child of

mine, I love you the same but differently, what’s good for Sally isn’t good for you. How

can you doubt My love for you? Haven’t I already given both you and Sally my very best,

My only begotten Son?” Dear ones, when doubt and depression come knocking at

your door, don’t open the door open the windows and take a look towards the

heavens and you will see His blessings of love poured out towards you!

This has been pastor Dale, Blessings!